The secretariat of the Economic and Social Commission
for Western Asia (ESCWA) is pleased to present the
twenty-sixth issue of the Statistical Abstract of the
ESCWA Region for 2006.
This Abstract aims to present a set of comparable
Statistics and indicators based on international
standards. These statistics and indicators provide a
digital portrait on the status of economic and social
development, where regional policy makers, in different
fields of development, could benefit from in addition to
researchers, academicians and other interested parties.
The Abstract is divided into ten chapters, on the
following topics: population; education and illiteracy;
health; national accounts; energy; industry; transport;
foreign trade; financial statistics and prices; and
information and communication technology.
The data contained in the Abstract were compiled mainly
from national statistical sources in the ESCWA region,
either through responses to ESCWA questionnaires or from
statistical abstracts and bulletins issued by official
authorities in member countries. The Abstract also
relies on data issued by international organizations,
giving priority to United Nations sources.
The Abstract deals with social and economic developments
at the macro level in ESCWA member countries. It does so
by presenting data in tables and highlighting a number
of relevant regional indicators. Where possible, these
have been calculated and presented in numeric or graphic
form in comparison with global indicators.
Estimates made by ESCWA in cases where data were
unavailable are indicated by the symbol (*) in order to
distinguish them from the estimates of other official
and international sources, which are explained in
footnotes to the tables.